Kick-Back Friday: #176
Far From the Madding Crowd (1967): In the mid-19th century, an earnest shepherd (Alan Bates), a reserved farmer (Peter Finch), and a dashing soldier (Terrence Stamp) vie for the love of a willful young woman (Julie Christie) along the scenic cliffs of southern England. Among any competitive male trio, it is reasonable to expect that two opponents will destroy each other (note the foreshadowing cockfight), thereby leaving the third contender to clean up. Based on the Thomas Hardy novel.
From a cinematic perspective, DP Nicholas Roeg shows a nice compositional eye for rural landscapes, while director John Schlesinger is a little too enamored with the POV shot.